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Paul George, the Weapon Clippers are Relying on To Keep Their Title Hopes Alive

PAUL GEORGE BIOGRAPHY

Paul Clifton Anthony George is a United States international and professional basketball player who plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league for the Los Angeles Clippers as a shooting guard. Paul came to the limelight together with his teammates in the 2021 NBA playoffs for taking the Clippers to their first-ever NBA Western conference playoffs finals.

Paul was born on May 2, 1990, to his parents Paul George and Paulette George at Palmdale California and he has a listed height of 2.03 m (6 ft. 8 in).

He has two sisters, Teiosha George, who is also a basketball player at Pepperdine, and Portala George who is a United States international former volleyball player.

Famously known as ‘PG13’, Paul started his basketball career while studying at Knight High school, he then went on to the university where he played for Amateur Athletic Union in the National Basketball College Association.

March 2010 however, is the month Paul made his senior NBA debut, he forfeited his final two seasons of college eligibility at Fresno state and entered the 2010 NBA draft.

He was then selected 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers and by that he became the highest NBA draft pick in Fresno state history. In July 2010, he signed his first-ever professional contract with the Pacers; a two-year deal worth $3.9 million with an option of one or two more years.

Paul George started his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers. PHOTO: Courtesy

He went on to make his NBA professional debut the same year on October 27, against the San Antonio Spurs coming late on as a substitute and scoring 4 points.

In his first season, PG13 averaged 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists on 45% shooting starting only 19 of his 61 games. He went on to be one of the only two rookies from the 2010 NBA draft to be in the starting lineup for his team in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. In his debut season in the NBA Paul was named to the 2011 NBA All-Rookie second team.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

After the 2010 season, George went on to have successful following seasons with the Pacers including a memorable moment in 2012 when he made nine three-pointers, scoring 37 points in a victory against New Orleans Hornets. The nine three-pointers broke the franchise history for most three-pointers made in a single game.

In September 2013, the Pacers extended Paul’s contract, electing him a ‘designated player’, which saw him receive 30% of the team’s salary cap. The same year, George secured All-NBA Third team honors, he was also named to the NBA All-defensive First team.

George was listed on the United States Basketball national team in 2014 for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. However, he missed the entire tournament after sustaining a fracture while training with the national team.

In 2015-2016, Paul led the Eastern Conference in scoring and ranked fourth in the NBA. He also emerged as the top scorer in the 2016 Eastern conference NBA All-star game.

In the 2017/18 season, Paul signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He signed a four-year deal worth $137 million. He made his debut for the Thunders on October 19, 2017, in a 105-84 win over the New York Knicks in their season opener, in this match he registered a team-high 28 points. George was named to the 2018 NBA All-star game the same season.

The following season, George re-signed with the Thunder in a four-year deal worth $137 million.

In February 2019, Paul was named player of the month in the western conference whilst also finishing third in MVP voting that season.

In the 2019/20 season, Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, he made his debut on November 14, 2019, in a 132-127 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, despite the loss, Paul scored 33 points.

Paul George is currently playing for LA Clippers.
PHOTO: Courtesy

In the 2020/21 season, Paul signed a new four-year contract with the Clippers in a deal worth $190 million in December 2020.

NATIONAL TEAM

George has managed to represent the United States men, national Basketball team, in a major tournament only once, he played all six games in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics helping the team secure a gold medal for the third consecutive time in the Olympics. He is also expected to feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics set to be played on July 2021.

PAUL GEORGE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

George has been named to the NBA All-star team six times in 2013, 2014, and 2016 to 2019, in 2019 he was named to the All-NBA First team.

He has been named to the All-NBA Third team four times, in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018. Other career awards include two times NBA All-Defensive First team, two times NBA All-Defensive second team, an NBA All-Rookie second team and an NBA steals leader in 2019.

PAUL GEORGE SALARY AND NETWORTH

As of 2021, Paul George earns a salary of $48 million playing as a shooting guard for the LA Clippers. Celebrity Net Worth estimates the net worth of the 31-year-old as $90 million.

PAUL GEORGE SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: Paul George (@Yg_Trece)

Instagram: Paul George (@ygtrece)

Facebook: Paul George

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